Below is a list of the top and leading Wedding Planners in Chicago. To help you find the best Wedding Planners located near you in Chicago, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Chicago’s Best Wedding Planners:
The top rated Wedding Planners dealing with the planning of wedding events are:
- Lori Stephenson – LOLA Event Productions
- Renny Pedersen – Bliss Weddings & Events
- Susan Cordogan – Big City Bride
- Kate Lerman – Chicago Vintage Weddings
- Charlene Liang – Sweetchic Events, Inc.
LOLA Event Productions
Lori Stephenson started in the wedding and event business over 25 years ago when she took her first after-school job in her boyfriend’s father’s tuxedo store. It was love for the wedding business from the very beginning. She attended Parsons School of Design where she worked toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and ultimately decided to bring her creative juices back to the Midwest where she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design and a Minor in Business.
Over the past 15 years, she has managed projects in Chicago for national companies within the wedding space. She has coordinated events that demanded specific results for the involved businesses as well as large social events throughout Chicagoland. She is an editor at large for a national online wedding publication and have spent the bulk of her time and energy building relationships on behalf of her clients that span every aspect of the world of weddings and events. All of the professionals that provide goods and services for LOLA have a proven track record of excellence in product, delivery and customer service.
Power Planning, Corporate Events, Holiday Party, Venue Selection, Event Implementation, Floral and Decorating, Off-Site Meeting, Seminar, Shopping, Vendor Recommendation, Vintage Weddings, Marketing and Social Event, Modern Wedding, Birthday & Anniversary, Mitzvahs
“I had the pleasure of meeting Lori 20+ years ago when she was working at Marshall Field’s right out of college. Even then, she was an expert at her job and went above and beyond for her clients. Unfortunately, Lori left to pursue bigger and better things and we lost touch. When my daughter got engaged and we googled wedding planners in Chicago, I was so happy to come across Lori’s name and immediately gave her a call. When we learned that Lori was available for us, there was no need to look any further and we booked LOLA immediately.
Lori and her team are truly experts at what they do and wedding planning would have never gone as smoothly as it did without them. Our wedding planning experience was flawless due to Lori’s guidance and expertise. We went with Lori’s recommendations for vendors and they were all amazing and wonderful to work with.
I can’t say enough good things about Lori except that it was one of our best decisions to hire her and she is truly worth her weight in gold. I may be biased but my daughter’s wedding was truly one of the best and I thank Lori and her team from the bottom of my heart for a job well done!!” – Paulette Kolcz
Bliss Weddings & Events
Renny Pedersen is the founder and president of internationally acclaimed, Bliss Weddings & Events. Renny is a dreamer and a creator to her core. Recognized by Grace Ormonde, Martha Stewart, Brides, Sophisticated Living, and the Knot for her visionary concepts and flawless execution, her company is considered one of the most sought after in the world.
Enamored by all the arts, her creative aspirations expanded into cuisine. Following culinary school, she continued to “think big” catering high-end events for 10 to 10,000 guests. This led to a position working for the biggest event planning company in Chicago, orchestrating the city’s largest corporate events and most prestigious social soirees.
After 25 years establishing industry relationships with respected vendors of all levels, she also launched sister event planning company, Wrap-it-up. With its “à la carte” approach, Renny is now able to expand her services and scope to a larger array of event and party planning needs.
Weddings, Milestone Events, Corporate Events, Fundraisers, Galas, Grand Openings, Award Dinners, New Product Launches, Holiday Parties, Event Design & Planning, Floral & Decor Production, Concierge Services, Menu & Beverage Design, Travel Management
“Our wedding was an absolute fairy tale, more than we ever could have hoped for! We worked with Renny and Jesse, who were phenomenal!!! They took care of every single detail from the decor down to the cocktail napkins. Bliss helped us create the wedding of our dreams and a night that will never be forgotten by anyone who was there. Thank you for everything!” – Alexandra Roman
Big City Bride
Susan Cordogan started Big City Bride 15-years ago when the industry was primarily just a part-time job or hobby for many. At that time, she was an experienced corporate event planner with a healthy obsession for weddings. She started by studying hospitality in college, then trained in guest services at Walt Disney World, and then moved into planning social and corporate galas and events for clients spanning the globe. Following this extensive and diverse experience, she established Big City Bride.
Susan’s heart and hands have worked more than 1,000 weddings and events. She has been called a wedding warrior, event guru, and planning mastermind. She likes to think that she has been blessed with creativity, organization, leadership and an awesome team.
Original Floral and Wedding Cake Design, Stylish Room Décor, Professional Floor Plans, Wedding Day Survival Kit and Weekend Itinerary Development, Complete Vendor Management, Group Hotel Arrangements, Photography, Unique Entertainment, Reception Programs & Honeymoon Planning, Videography Suppliers
“I LOVED working with Chrissy and Susan and the Big City Bride staff. My husband and I met with five planners and ultimately booked Big City. We loved their Lincoln Park office and they were by far the most professional we had interviewed. All in all my BCB experience was the highlight of my wedding planning. I looked forward to meetings with them and the vendors. I really felt like a VIP. I work in media so my hours are nuts. I appreciated BCB’s flexibly and how they handled absolutely everything (…literally everything!) I dropped so many balls :0 I would give myself a D- as a bride, but I would definitely Big City Bride a A+++.” – Katie Kowalski
Chicago Vintage Weddings
Kate Lerman started Chicago Vintage Weddings in 2012 as a way to channel her love of design and extensive hospitality background into something that would bring joy to others. Both a big picture thinker and obsessively detail-oriented, she loves working with clients to figure out their needs and realize the vision for their events from start to finish. She thinks even the most minor details are exciting and loves figuring out event logistics. Clients and event guests consistently praise her organization, taste level, communication and ability to take charge of any situation. Kate eats, sleeps and breathes weddings; she feels lucky to be able do what she loves for a living.
Full & Partial Wedding Planning, Multicultural Events, Food-focused Events, Nontraditional Events, Design-forward Events, Outdoor and Tented Events, Destination Events in Chicago, Traditional Events with a Personal Touch, LGBTQ and Gender-nonconforming Events, Luxury Events with Extensive Logistical Management
“Everything about our experience with Kate and Chicago Vintage was amazing. As our day-of planner, Kate stepped in about a month before our wedding and was an absolute life saver. From day one, she made us feel so much more at-ease about our wedding and helped reduce the stress of planning right when we needed it the most. Kate does an excellent job and communicating with vendors and keeping the wedding party and family in the loop about all the important details. The schedule she sent out to the people involved in our wedding was so detailed and helpful and made it super easy for everyone to know where they needed to be when. Working with Chicago Vintage was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning, and I would recommend them to anyone.” – Scott Mores
Sweetchic Events, Inc.
Charlene Liang is an owner and lead planner of Sweetchic Events, Inc. In high school, she was that girl who secretly read wedding magazines in the corner of the library…fortunately, it worked to her advantage!
Charlene founded Sweetchic Events with the goal of bringing your vision to life and making your wedding day even more incredible than you could have imagined. Her expertise in weddings goes beyond pretty details. She worked in the hospitality industry for years and received my MBA before starting Sweetchic Events in 2008, and have been a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants for over a decade. Charlene strongly believe in being your advocate, trusted advisor, and design guru throughout the planning process and helping you hone in on what’s most important to you on your wedding day. Her past clients appreciate her extensive experience, industry relationships, eye for detail, responsiveness, organization skills, and design aesthetic.
Full Service Planning, Custom/Partial Planning, Wedding Day Management
“We are so glad we got Charlene as our wedding planner. We met with her soon after we got engaged, but did not reach back out until the month before, and we hired her as the day of (really month of) coordinator. From the minute we signed, she took over the entire process (in a good way), oversaw everything, communicated with our vendors, did the walk through with the venue, helped us rehearse, and answered every single one of our questions. On the day of, she made sure everything ran smoothly and that people showed up on time. Her assistant helped us with our first look/wedding party photos, while she oversaw setting up the venue. She helped with our family photos, even pinning/securing the flower crown for our flower girl. she made sure everything was returned to our hotel room at the end of the night. she even found my hairpin that I haphazardly threw on the table after a night of dancing. These are only some examples. She orchestrated the entire event. We truly could not have done this without her. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!” – Jean Bao
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